Last remaining female player in WSOP Main Event busts out
The WSOP Main Event field continues to dwindle, now down to 26 out of the original 7874 players. There have been several surprising exits, such as that of Phil Ivey, and several welcome exits, such as the one by Phil Hellmuth that resulted in fans and players around the world actually cheering his defeat. Through it all, one female player proved to be a difficult opponent, making it all the way to the top 50 before being eliminated.
Kelly Minkin is a lawyer out of Arizona with a long history of action at the felt. She registered her first cash with a second-place finish at the $1,800 NLHE 9th Annual Arizona State Poker Championship in 2013, and has gone on to rack up over $1.1 million in live tournament action. All eyes were on the 31-year-old player this year, as she continued to outlast thousands of other players to become the last remaining female at the tables. Unfortunately, her run would end when she was eliminated in 50th place, but she still took home an impressive $156,265.
This wasn't Minkin's first deep run at a major tournament. She has several to her credit and was also the last female player to remain during the WSOP Main Event back in 2015. In that tournament, she was sent packing in 178th place for only $2,967. Since then she has continued to make the rounds and improve her game and has found herself at several final tables. In October of last year, she finished fourth at the $570 WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble in Florida before jumping across the country for the $1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event in Los Angeles. She came in third, pocketing $95,880. Earlier this month, she participated in the WSOP $1,000 Tag Team event with Hiaxia Zhang and Loni Harwood, where the team finished in third place for around $4,230 each.